The role of the Academy Committee is to be responsible for the strategic management of the school. They have the responsibility of making decisions regarding staffing, resources and budgets and are legally required to hold the senior management team of the school to account for the outcomes of the pupils which it serves.
Ms Anna Biscotti
Mrs Margaret Casey
Mrs Dawn Parkes
Mrs Amanda McMichael
Mr Michael Ewing
Mrs Kath Gandy
Mrs Eileen Harvey
Mrs Bernadette Kent
Mr Lawrence Phiri
Mr Karl Russell
Miss Geraldine Walker
Mr Anthony Whitehurst (Chair)
Academy Representatives Information
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|Academy Committee Representatives Meeting Attendance 2015-16|
|Register of Business Interests|
On the 1st March 2015, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School and Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Sports College became the Pope John XXIII Multi Academy Company.
We are proud to be known after the saint, who, in our own times, ‘opened the windows of the Church’ to the Holy Spirit and a new era, and delighted that, after months of preparation, our four schools embark on a new and exciting journey together.
Why have four of our local schools become an Academy Company? The Government is of a mind that all schools in the future will be Academies. Given the sea-change in the education system in this country, it seemed to the governors, staff and parents of our four schools that, after prayer, reflection and discernment, they should be proactive and embrace with enthusiasm the Multi Academy Company model which has been carefully thought out to secure the long-term future of our Catholic schools in rapidly changing times.
The structure and organisation of the new academy has a new and unfamiliar language about it. Overall responsibility for the four schools in the multi academy falls to the Board of Directors. The Governing Body of each school is now an Academy Committee and the Headteacher is now the Principal of the school.
We are not an academy chain, nor are we sponsored by any companies and the members of the Board of Directors are not salaried, and the company does not make a profit.
The Multi Academy model fits perfectly with our own Catholic theology and faith perspective. As our bishops stated in ‘The Common Good in Education’ of 1997: ‘no school or college is “an island, entire of itself.” It means that no governing body, no individual group of parents, has the right to disregard the good of another institution…..On the contrary, all are responsible for all. The duty to care for the other lies at the heart of the Church’s social teaching.’